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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Josh Gordon happy he wasn't traded

By Pat McManamon
ESPN.com

BEREA, Ohio -- An assurance from Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski did not keep Josh Gordon from staying by his phone Tuesday.

Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon said he felt relieved when the trade deadline passed and he was still with the Browns.

As the NFL trade deadline approached, Gordon did not want to miss anything. For weeks he had heard the Browns were fielding offers for him, and the last day was a little bit anxious.

"Definitely some excitement in the afternoon," he said of the 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Gordon said he spoke with his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who told him anything could happen as the deadline approached. The Browns, though, chose not to trade the talented receiver.

"Definitely relieved," Gordon said. "I wanted to stay here. I didn't feel like uprooting myself and moving and starting all over again."

"Sometimes rumors come true," quarterback Jason Campbell said. "I think for him to have that behind him gives him the opportunity just to focus on the season and each game. ... All he has to do is continue to grow as a person, because the overall ability on the field takes care of itself."

Rumors about Gordon being dangled in a trade started when the Browns dealt Trent Richardson to Indianapolis for a first-round pick. They were based mainly on the belief that Gordon faces a one-year suspension for another misstep in the NFL's substance abuse program, and that the newest Browns regime would trade anyone not drafted by this regime.

The Browns insisted all along they were not looking to trade Gordon, but they owed it to themselves to listen.

Chudzinski even told Gordon not to worry.

"I talked to Coach Chud," Gordon said. "He just reassured me about it, saying nothing was going to happen. He was right."

Gordon is far and away the Browns' best offensive player and threat. He has eight career touchdowns, all longer than 20 yards. He is averaging 97 yards receiving per game and 18.2 per catch, which is second in the league. Despite being suspended for the season's first two games, he has 32 receptions for 582 yards and three touchdowns.

"I'm excited Josh is part of our team," Chudzinski said. "He's here. I like the progress he's made as a player and the strides that he's made and [I'm] looking forward to continued improvement on his part.

"We want him here -- and he's here."

Talk to Gordon and it would be tough to guess he's ever had off-field issues. He's polite, soft-spoken and takes responsibility for errors on the field. Combine those traits with his skills and the Browns might have something -- if he can avoid off-field issues.

Gordon said he's quieter and spends more time by himself. He even said he drives his very recognizable camouflaged Porsche -- with distinct bright orange rims -- less than he used to.

"It definitely draws attention, but there's only certain days I bring it out," he said. "I drive another car less attractive looking. It really doesn't bother me. It doesn't seem to bother anybody else. They might stare and recognize me, but I don't really try to make a big deal out of it."